SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2006-2007) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The best value of 2006's 600 class"

Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle review - Riding

"The best value of 2006's 600 class"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  111 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Although a great bike and almost certainly the best value of 2006's 600 class by 2007 it had been overtaken by the sublime, new-that-year Honda’s CBR600RR, out-revved and raced by the track-happy new Yamaha’s YZF-R6, lacked the intoxicated triple drive of Triumph’s 675 Daytona and lacked the cutting edge aggression of the new-for-2007 Kawasaki’s ZX-6R. If you can take all that with a pinch of salt, though, the 06/07 GSX-R600 sounds wicked, goes like stink and rides beautifully. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Sophisticated, sublime the Suzuki GSX-R600's fully adjustable suspension brings composure to a complicated world. It steers very sweetly and although it’s more softly sprung than either the Yamaha YZF-R6 or Triumph Daytona 675, so it makes a much better road bike, its track intent lies just a screwdriver’s twiddle away. The Suzuki GSX-R600's radial Tokico brakes are like running into a brick wall.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R600's 16v DOHC engine feels strangely weedy, even though it’s got a mid-range boosting exhaust valve, which makes a very tall first gear feel taller still. But dial in 10,000rpm and the GSX-R600 flies, blurring the digital speedo until the LCD figures clock in over 175mph (a true 163mph). Amazing.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Traditionally Suzuki’s finish is the poorest of the Japanese manufacturers, so keep it clean or the alloy loses its luster quickly. A tank pad will help the paint stay scratch-free, too. Essentially the GSX-R600 is very reliable, but the gearbox loses its slickness after two or more years.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

Suzukis are priced very competitively, which hits the secondhand prices. And compared to Hondas and Yamahas they depreciate much faster, too, because they’re rightly perceived as less well finished. However, for the money the Suzuki GSX-R600 is simply awesome value, though with the passage of time they’re less attractive as they tend to wear less well than other marques. Find a Suzuki GSX-R600 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R600 is highly-specced with a slipper clutch (to prevent lock-ups under hurried downshifts), adjustable footrests, sexy underslung exhaust, an ignition-based immobiliser and analogue/digital clocks that incorporate a gear indicator.

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2006-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

suzuki gsxr 600

04 August 2012 by seanyy

were do i start,the power out put is out of this world for a 600 its in a class of its own, have a k1 for a few months i must say the gixxer way seems to be the way. dont think about getting one just get one its one of the best bike out there. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

A TRUE VINTAGE YEAR!

26 April 2011 by tamlin23

These bikes are obviously not comfortable, none of the supersport bikes are, so I won't go on about that. If you want a supersport 600, they are all very good indeed, with little real world difference between them, exept maybe the ride 'feel' if you... Read more like. But when it comes to GSXR 600's, this is in my opinion still the best looking model. They were too bulky before this model, and have bulked up with silly cans for EU regs since, and departed from the light design that has made the GSXR so destinctive. So buy one of this year/model, and you will without doubt be delighted. You shall have a fast bike with a screaming rev ceiling and superb looks. You may be a little uncomfortable, but it's a compromise worth making to own one of these!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Excellent...

04 January 2010 by leegee010

First thing I would recommend anyone do with this bike is replace the standard can... I fitted a custom exhaust to mine and the bike came into its own improving greatly on an already great bike. Great midrange and goes mental past 10k revs... very... Read more tall first gear meaning it will do 80mph in 1st gear (mine does anyway!). ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

awesome!!!!!!!

04 November 2007 by 2pac1996

after owning a HORNET 600 i decided to upgrade and after trying all other 600 sports bikes, the gsxr felt good to sit on and ride. looks fantastic too! the speed of the bike is brill and cornering is perfect. have added a micron can and crescent... Read more rearsets and the can makes the bike sound meaty. a dream to ride so go buy one and get the red one. it looks cool!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Really impressed

13 October 2007 by moonjarb

My previous bike was a 97 gsx-750 srad. This thing feels at least as fast, which is impressive considering it's 150cc less. But what I really like about this bike is the way it handles. The suspension does not get flustered, it steers really well... Read more without flapping about just because you go over a bump or two on mostly crap British roads. And the brakes are very strong. Also the engine makes a very lovely noise at high revs. And it looks better than any other bike except maybe the Ducati silly-money wotsit in my not so unbiased opinion. If you like corners you will like this. PS Get the red one ;)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

top bike

12 May 2007 by ewanburnett

Did 130 miles the other day with a pillion and it was easy the power was excellent as if i was on my own. and the handling was fantastic even arround thoes tight bends. excellent bike go buy one NOW. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2007
Original price £7,199
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 111 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 163 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 161kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1997: Suzuki GSX-R600 introduced. The carb-fed GSX-R600 SRAD was the most track-focussed 600 then available.
2001: First fuel-injected Suzuki GSX-R600 released.
2004: Suzuki GSX-R600 gains upside-down forks.
2005: Suzuki GSX-R600 gets radial brakes fitted.
2008: Model replaced by new K8

Other versions

None.

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